Improvement in loading of iron ore in June and July helped the South Eastern Railway surpass the Railway Board’s freight loading target for April-July.

The South Eastern Railway loaded 41.16 million tonnes of freight during the period against a target of 37.92 mt.

According to an SER release, it loaded 22.77 mt of iron ore during the period compared with 22.26 mt in the same period last year. It also witnessed an increase in loading of pig iron and finished steel, cement, foodgrains and petroleum oil & lubricants.

The South Eastern Railway posted nearly 12 per cent rise in earnings from passenger traffic to Rs 415 crore during these four months against Rs 371 crore in the corresponding period last year.

Earnings from passenger traffic witnessed an upward trend both in suburban and non-suburban segments, the release said.

SER reported gross earnings of about Rs 3,607 crore during the period (including freight, passenger, other coaching and sundries).

(This article was published on August 18, 2012)
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